Thursday, October 19

Top 10 Tips for Revision Success

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With exam season approaching, many student’s will undoubtedly be feeling stressed about just where to begin with revision (and dread at starting to do it). Whether you still have weeks before your first exam, or a few days, our top 10 tips for revision success should give your exam performance a boost!

  1. Start revising early! Don’t panic if other deadlines, applications, or a night out (or two) have persuaded you to put off starting revision, you do still have time. But if possible, start revision well ahead of your exams to give you an added edge, and build up your knowledge of the area.
  2. Find a revision technique which works for you. Whether that’s colour coding, flash cards, or writing keywords on post-it-notes, there will be a technique which works for you. Amy Jackson, a University of Derby Student, colour codes her revision to help it stick in her mind during the exam, whereas University of Hull student Olivia Tomlinson prefers to make use of spider diagrams and flash cards to help remember important facts. Whatever your preferred style, try and find one that works best for you!
  3. Make a revision timetable. Being organised during the exam period is a key to success, and what better way to do this than by making a timetable? Make sure to remember to include breaks and keep study periods short (but frequent). If nothing else, it can be a chance to procrastinate for 5 minutes whilst actually doing something which will benefit your revision (rather than just mindlessly scrolling through Instagram).
  4. Have regular study breaks. Whether this is taking a walk outside, or just making yourself a cup of tea, it is important to take breaks and give your mind the chance to have a rest. It will help you to feel refreshed, and ready to re-start revision.
  5. Do past exam papers. Doing past exam papers can really give you a feel for the sort of questions likely to come up on the exam, and make you feel more prepared for the exam day. University of Sheffield student, Vysh Manivannan-West, recommends writing down the areas of the paper you struggled with, concentrating on revising the areas the question concerned, and then redoing the questions.
  6. Revise with friends. Revising with friends can be a good way to help compare notes and get help with any areas of the module you are struggling with. If they do not do the same module or even the same course as you, they can also be someone to help out with flashcards, and can give you motivation to carry on revising.
  7. Explain parts of the module to others. Teaching is one of the best methods in making sure you have a full grasp of the module, and the person you are explaining it to will be able to check that your answers are right. This will also help you to realise where you need to focus your revision if you are struggling in a certain area.
  8. Make essay plans for potential questions or general themes likely to appear. The more detailed these plans, the better – include case names, academic thought on the area, and your own ideas. But, make sure to not concentrate on a tiny area of the module in these, as it won’t benefit you if it doesn’t have much chance of appearing on the exam paper.
  9. In the exam, jot down any thoughts. If you are midway through writing an answer, Leeds Beckett Student Ben Wright suggests jotting down anything that comes into your head during the course of the exam on a spare part of the exam paper. This way, you won’t forget your idea, and will be able to come back to it later.
  10. And finally… relax! As overwhelming as it can seem at the time, the exam period doesn’t last forever. It is important to remain as relaxed as possible, continuing to get a good night’s sleep and eating well, in order to maximise your revision and potential in the exam.

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Jess graduated from the University of Sheffield with a 2.1 in Law, and is currently an LLM International Law and Global Justice student. She joined Legal Loop in December 2015.

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